Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) has appointed Alisa Amupolo as the Chief Executive Officer for five years, effective from 1 October 2022.
Amupolo is a Namibian citizen, and she holds a Master of Arts degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Media Studies from the University of Namibia in 2008.
She is an Alumni of the London Business School of Emerging Leaders Programme and Stanford Seed Transformation Programme.
Amupolo is a Doctor of Business candidate with the Namibian Business School. Ms Amupolo has more than 15 years of relevant work experience.
Amupolo started her career in the media and communication industry, serving as a trainee/Intern at NBC in 2004.
She became the Public Relations Officer in the Marketing and Communications department at NBC until she left in 2005 to join the Global Fund/Ministry of Health as a Senior Liaison Officer.
In 2008, she moved to Leeds, United Kingdom, to pursue her master’s degree. She subsequently found work at the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Research and Support Officer based in London, United Kingdom.
She returned to Namibia and joined NCC, which CRAN succeeded as a Strategic and Transformation Project Advisor from 2009 to 2012.
She also worked as a Governance Consultant, reporting to the CEO at the Namibia Statistics Agency transformation from 2012 to 2013, as well as in the year 2014 on an ad-hoc basis.
In 2014, Amupolo was enlisted as a full-time consultant for Pact Namibia and subsequently joined PowerCom (Pty) as the Chief Executive Officer, where she served until May 2021.
Amupolo, until recently, worked as a full-time consultant on a special service agreement with the International Telecommunications Union based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In addition, Ms Amupolo serves on various boards as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Energy Utilities Assets (Pty) Ltd and The Namibian.
Amupolo is also the President of Stanford Seed Southern Africa Chapter Network and was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST).
The Nadia board said they are excited to welcome Amupolo to lead and pledge full support to transform the company into a sustainable enterprise and a premium diamond trader of ethically sourced Namibian Diamonds.